Piper painted many quintessential coastal scenes in Britain and also captured the beaches of Brittany.
Nursery Frieze I
Date of work
Lithograph on paper 46 x 121.9 cm Tate. Presented by the artist 1976
A significant British twentieth-century artist, John Piper is known for his poetic depictions of the British landscape. Born in Epsom, Surrey, Piper began studying art in 1927 at The Richmond College of Art and then at the Royal College of Art. His early work reflected the trend for abstraction and was influenced by his frequent trips to Paris where he befriended the artist Alexander Calder. He worked across an extraordinary range of disciplines including designs for stained glass and theatre sets yet his powerful and romantic paintings of the British landscape are considered his most iconic work.